About Cass County Economic Development Corporation

Board of Directors & Staff

Board Officers

Laura Hansen - President

Laura J. Hansen - President

Breen & Person, Ltd.
"By serving on the CCEDC Board of Directors, I hope to help promote and grow the economic strength and assets of our communities in Cass County. Cass County Economic Development Corporation is an integral part of that."
Jay Cline - Treasurer

Jay Cline - Treasurer

First National Bank - Backus, MN.
"I believe in the growth and development of Cass County."
Vicki Dufner - Secretary

Vicki Dufner - Secretary

“I would like to see jobs continue to be established to draw people to our area - as a place not only for people to want to be employed but for business entrepreneurs to consider for their business.”

Board Members

Charles Black Lance - Director

Charles Black Lance - Director

Director of TRIO Programs, Central Lakes College
“Economic growth in Cass County as well as surrounding counties is vital to the continued health of our communities.”
Kirsten Eggena - Director

Kirsten Eggena - Director

President, Pine River State Bank
"Job growth is critical to enhance the vitality of Cass County. I hope to bring a fresh perspective to the table and add to the great job the Cass County EDC has already been doing."
Bill Palmer - Director

Bill Palmer - Director

Essentia Health
“I believe that economic development – and the EDC – can greatly benefit the communities in Cass County.”
Geoff Gorvin - Director

Geoff Gorvin - Director

Paper Storm, and Gorvin Marketing & Public Relations
“Cass County is a great place to live and work, with tremendous potential for business growth. I hope to use my position on the CCEDC Board of Directors to help guide that growth and create opportunities for new and existing businesses.”
Nate Sauvageau - Director

Nathan Sauvageau - Director

Outdoors Sports Systems
"Being able to help with the growth of Cass County economic development is something I have passion for and take great pride in. Our communities here in this region are special and unique, and being able to contribute has been a great experience for me. I would like to further my involvement in the business community of Cass County and create good paying jobs for its residents."


Mike Paulus - Executive Director

Mike Paulus

Executive Director
Mike Paulus is the Executive Director for the Cass County Economic Development Corporation. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Physiology from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Arizona State University. He has been working in Business Development since 2008.
Marina Lovell - Program Administrator

Marina Lovell

Program Administrator | SBDC Consultant
Marina handles grant reporting, financial management and assists with special projects. She is a business owner and SBDC consultant with a specialty in marketing and retail display effectiveness.

Becoming A Board Member

If you are interested in serving as a member of Cass County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, or have someone you would like to nominate, please contact us by March 31, via email to  cass.edc@co.cass.mn.us

Requirements for being a board member include:

  • Be a paid member of Cass County EDC
  • Commit to a three-year term
  • Attend at least 5 of the 6 meetings held per year

 It is also desired that board members:

  • Have business experience
  • Are geographically dispersed throughout Cass County
  • Have progressive ideas on county-wide economic development
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